Bosman, Fides Grenache Blanc 750ml 2016South Africa, Wellington
Although a rarity today, orange wines have been made for 6 000 years, originating in Georgia and Northern Italy. Yet the process is still the same: white grapes are fermented on their skins giving the wine a golden/orange colour and a complex texture, tannin and flavour. Corlea describes these wines as showing 'the next level in fruit maturation'.
The Bosman orange wine, Fides, is made from a single vineyard of Grenache Blanc which is naturally fermented. The name Fides is taken from the Bosman family motto: ‘Fides, Spes et Amor’ meaning Faith, Hope and Love. Fides reminds them of the trust necessary between people and nature to craft something truly remarkable.
'From bush vines planted in 2011, the 2016 Fides Grenache Blanc has a deep straw hue. The bouquet is attractive: dried honey, peach skin and yellow flowers are all nicely defined. The palate is waxy-textured on the entry, and a light oxidative note imparts pistachio and hazelnut notes. A light spiciness emerges toward the finish. Drink now and over the next five years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 90/100
'A light amber gold. Complex dried, waxy orange peel, marzipan with secondary fruit characters. Instead of simply tasting fruit or flowers this wine tastes of bruised apple, pot pourri and candied peel.' – Winemaker
Bush vines planted in 2011 on decomposed granite soils on vineyards names Kleinplasie and Groenfontein. The very early harvest took us by surprise but the quality was beautiful. Due to the lower rainfall the previous winter the yields were lower but produced smaller berries with concentrated flavours.
Natural fermentation lasted 3 weeks with daily punch downs and pump-overs. The wine was then gently pressed, aged in older Russian oak for 6 months and in the bottle for another 6 months before being released.
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